The babies will start coming out of the nest at about 3 weeks of age. Sometimes they fall out before they are ready (caught on parent's foot or other mistake). If this happens, I just pick the baby up & put him back.
Dry egg food is a product that you can purchase in many pet stores. The parents love to feed it to their babies. Zebra Finch don't really need live food for raising babies and may not even look at the mealworms.
Also, if you haven't seen my article on the baby Society Finches growing up, maybe you could show all the pictures to your daughter.
I'm just about ready to head out on vacation, so don't have time to look up the URL at this moment, but its under the bird profiles category/canary finch sub category/society finch sub category. You can get to it from the main birds page here - just follow the link in my signature.
Last edited by Mavis - Editor, Birds Site; 07/09/06 07:13 PM.